5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan. It is produced in the body from a small protein-building block called tryptophan. 5-HTP helps the body to make the important “feel good” brain chemical called serotonin and the vital “sleep” hormone, melatonin. Supplementation with 5-HTP can help boost these important brain chemicals which in turn promote a healthy mood, better sleep, and a reduction in the sensation of pain.
- Promotes healthy mood balance
- Improves sleep patterns
- Reduce severity and duration of migraine headaches
- Reduces the severity of migraines
- Reduces the sensation of pain in fibromyalgia
- Enhanced with vitamin B6 and magnesium – important co-factors to help the body convert and utilize 5-HTP
- Naturally derived from the African plant griffonia simplicifolia
- Positive effects on moods, sleep, and pain
- Vegetable capsules
- Ideal 100mg dosage
Recommended Use | Helps to promote sleep and a healthy mood balance.
Directions | Adults: Take 1 capsule, 3 times per day with food. As a sleep aid, take 1 – 2 capsules, 45 minutes before bedtime. To minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, start dosing at 1 capsule, 1 – 2 times per day, and slowly increase to the effective dose over a two-week period.
For best results, take for a minimum of 2 – 3 weeks. Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
Contraindications | Do not use if you have scleroderma.
Cautions | Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks. May cause drowsiness, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, skin changes, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain.
Drug Interactions | Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking carbidopa or medications or natural health products with serotonergic activity. These may include but are not limited to, L-tryptophan, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), St. John’s wort, antidepressants, painkillers, anti-nausea, and anti-migraine medications, and over-the-counter cough and cold medications containing dextromethorphan.